All that glisters is gold – the Wymondham Abbey altar screen

The parish church of St Mary and St Thomas of Canterbury in Wymondham in Norfolk, is all that is remains of a Benedictine Priory founded in 1107 by Wiliam d'Aubigny, which was raised to abbey status in 1448. When Wymondham Abbey was dissolved in 1538 at the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the people of Wymondham... Continue Reading →

The Stanton Harcourt Rood Screen

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsSt Michael's, Stanton Harcourt in Oxfordshire, is a treasure house, a fine cruciform church of Norman origin, containing a wonderful array of monuments and important fittings.  The Early English chancel, built around 1250, is a space of breathtaking purity and beauty.  It's triple lancets are divided by clusters of slender shafts, topped with stiff leaf... Continue Reading →

The Image of Pity – the Wellingham rood screen.

Wellingham is a remote little hamlet in the middle of Norfolk to the south of Fakenham.  It's church, heavily rebuilt in 1896 is rather undistinguished, but it contains a great treasure.  The dado of a rood screen from the 1530s.   Rather interestingly the screen is inscribed and precisely dated. The inscription on the upper... Continue Reading →

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